Ralph Acosta

Ralph is a New Yorker who moved to Stonington, Connecticut in 2005.  He started drawing in his early teens and then taught himself to oil paint by doing portraits of family members and friends.

Eventually, Ralph was introduced to the teachings of Edgar Whitney, a renowned watercolorist at the National Art League in Douglaston, NY.  “He opened my mind to the freedom, transparency and spontaneity of watercolors.”  After studying with Whitney for several years, Ralph went on to be an instructor at the National Art League for 18 years.

Ralph has given numerous demos at art leagues throughout Westchester and Long Island, NY. He has also conducted many plein air workshops including a week in Puerto Rico as well as a painting cruise along the northeast coast.

He is a Member of  the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT; Hudson Valley Art Association; National Art League, Douglaston, NY and his work has been represented at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT since 2010.

Ralph won 1st Place at the Salmagundi National Member Show and The Newport Art Museum; 1st Place at Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in 2008, 2nd Place in 2009, 3rd Place in 2010, Best in Show 2012; and Working Artist Award (sponsored by: Del-Bach-Courtyard Gallery) in 2014. He won  1st Place at the Connecticut Watercolor Society, 2011; the Watercolor Award at the M.A.C. Home Juried Show, 2015; CT W.S. Transparent Watercolor Award, New Britain Museum of American Art, 2017 and The Robert Hauschild Watercolor Award, 2018 at the Mystic Museum of Art, 62nd Regional Exhibition.

Ralph conducts classes and workshops at his studio in Stonington, CT.